UNCTAD is the United Nations focal point on accounting and reporting issues, which are both critical for attracting investment and promoting financial stability.
This intergovernmental working group is dedicated to assists member States to improving quality and international comparability of financial reporting and non-financial disclosure, such as environmental issues, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
The Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting will hold its 40th anniversary session as part of the World Investment Forum 2023. Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, ISAR has been playing a pivotal role towards harmonization of sustainability reporting frameworks and standards. Accounting and reporting on the financial and sustainability performance of private and public sector entities is a prerequisite for informed investment decision making and remains high on the agenda of finance and investment policymakers.
- Current state of global financial and sustainability reporting frameworks, standards, codes, and prospects for further harmonization;
- Review of practical implementation and recent developments in sustainability reporting requirements;
- Facilitating the formalization of micro and small businesses: accounting and reporting requirements, financial literacy, access to finance, and related issues and practical solutions;
- Promoting gender balance in the accountancy profession
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Martin Moloney joined the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in September 2021 as Secretary General.
Prior to joining IOSCO, Martin was Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and before that he worked as a Special Adviser on Risk and Regulation to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI), where he served for 16 years, previously heading up the Markets Policy, Markets Supervision, and Legal and Finance Divisions respectively. Prior to joining the CBI, Martin worked for brief periods in the Department of Justice and the Irish Competition Authority, and spent ten years working in the Irish Department of Finance in positions of responsibility in relation to both national and semi-State debt management and the sale of State banks. Martin spent his early career working in Industry at Barclays Bank and the Bank of Ireland in London.
Martin has an LLM in Business Law and a Masters qualification in Economic Policy, both from Trinity College Dublin. He has Postgraduate Diplomas in Arbitration, Regulatory Management and has completed professional examinations of the Chartered Institutes of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Jingdong Hua was appointed as Vice-Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in August 2022, effective 1 October 2022.
Mr Hua brings a wealth of international finance and development expertise to the ISSB. He is the former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank, where his responsibilities included green bond initiatives and sustainable finance capacity-building programmes. He also served as the Administrator of the World Bank Group Pension Fund.
Before joining the World Bank, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of the International Finance Corporation, where he led innovative bond issuances in several emerging markets. He has also previously served as Deputy Treasurer of the Asian Development Bank and has held positions at the United Nations Development Programme and the African Development Bank.
CA (Dr.) Sanjeev Kumar Singhal, Chairman of UNCTAD-ISAR 39th Session, is a Central Council Member of the ICAI, an FCA with 26 years of experience and a Founder of CA Parivaar.
Currently working as Partner at S RBatliboi & Co. LLP, Chartered Accountants. Mr. Singhal was an associate professor at FORE School of Management, a Partner with BL Aggarwal Sohwasia and Co, Vice President at Jubilant Life Sciences, Executive Vice President Finance at Religare, Vice President, Finance at CyberMedia.
Mr. Singhal is a member of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants Nominating Committee for the Standard Setting Board, and a member of the SAFA committee on auditing and quality standards. In India, he is the Chairman of Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Chairman of Public Relation Committee, Vice Chairman of Sustainability Reporting Standards Board, Director of XBRL India, Director of Institute of Social Auditors of India, member of various committees of ICAI, Government Nominee at NACAS, Special Invitee at CARO group set up by MCA, member of SEBI task Force on Social Stock Exchange, member of Niti Aayog panel on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for private sector, member of MCA IBBI Group on insolvency indicators, member of C&AG Natural Resource Accounting Cell, member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Committee on Sustainable Finance.
Mr. Singhal has B.Com. (Hons.) from SRCC, Delhi University Topper, an M Com. from Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, a PhD in International Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi. He has received more than 110 merit certificates for academic achievements.
Gabriela Figueiredo Dias is the IESBA Chair and co-CEO of the International Foundation for Ethics and Audit (IFEA). Gabriela previously served as Executive Chair of the Portuguese Securities Commission (CMVM), the financial markets regulator. She has been member of the Board of IOSCO and ESMA and Vice Chair of OECD Corporate Governance Committee. She is President of the General Board of the University of Coimbra. She has published extensively on topics like capital markets, corporate governance, auditing, and sustainability. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the Coimbra University (Portugal) and a certificate in Leadership and Communications from Nova University (Lisbon).
Ms. Archana Shirsat is Deputy Director General at INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) based in Oslo, Norway. IDI is an INTOSAI body that works towards effective, accountable, and inclusive Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), making a difference in the quality of public sector governance and service delivery for value and benefits of all.
She is a member of the IDI management team and heads the Department for Professional & Relevant SAIs. Her team works with SAIs and key stakeholders across the world for strengthening sustainable audit practices (financial, performance and compliance audits) and auditing relevant trends, including trends like technology, climate change, SDGs and equality for a positive impact on people and planet.
Sergio Mujica joined ISO as Secretary-General in July 2017, having spent 7 years at the World Custom’s Organization (WCO) as Deputy Secretary-General. The WCO aims to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Custom’s administrations worldwide, and within this role Mr Mujica was responsible for the design and implementation of the WCO’s strategic plan. This included simplification, harmonization and standardization of custom’s procedures in addition to capacity building initiatives aimed at the WCO members. This gave him significant experience in an international setting, building consensus within a large membership-based organization.
Prior to working at the World Customs Organization, Mr Mujica spent 15 years working for the Government of Chile with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and as the Director General of Chile Customs. A Chilean national, he has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and a Master’s degree in International Law from the American University in Washington DC.
Jean Bouquot became IFAC Deputy President in November 2022. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bouqout joined the IFAC Board in November 2020, nominated by Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes (CNCC) and Conseil Supérieur de l'Ordre des Experts-Comptables.
Mr. Bouquot was the president of CNCC from February 2017 to October 2020. From December 2012 to December 2014, he was vice-chairman of the Compagnie Régionale des Commissaires aux Comptes de Versailles (regional statutory auditors professional body) and member of the CNCC. From 2014 until 2016, he was chairman of the Compagnie Régionale des Commissaires aux Comptes de Versailles and in February 2015, he was appointed Board Member of the CNCC.
Partner at EY until October 2020, Mr. Bouquot was an audit partner since 1992 and has 40 years of experience, at Arthur Andersen from 1980 to 2002 and then EY. He was also in charge of assurance service line for France/Luxembourg/Maghreb from 2008 to 2015.
Mr. Bouquot attended HEC business school and Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. He is an expert-comptable and commissaire aux comptes. He also served as a reserve colonel in the French Air Force from 2008 to 2020, including attending the Auditor 59 session at the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale.
Isabelle Tracq-Sengeissen is a French CPA and a member of the IAASB since January 2018. She is an audit partner at EY in France, with 33 years of experience in auditing and works for a variety of clients. Mrs. Tracq-Sengeissen is also passionately involved in the development of auditing and accounting profession in foreign countries, especially in French speaking African countries.
Since 2022, she is the EY Global Professional Practice Sustainability Leader and a member of IAASB task force in charge of developing the exposure draft of ISSA 5000, proposed international sustainability assurance standard.
Mrs. Tracq-Sengeissen is also the chair of the auditing standard board of Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes (CNCC- France) and has been a member of that board since 2001.
She is graduated from Neoma Business School (Reims) and is a board member of Neoma Alumni association.
Senior executive with more than 20 years of experience, leading multidisciplinary teams and projects in international companies and important government entities in public sector.
International consultant, university professor, speaker at national and international events, MBA in General Management, Master in Finance, Certified Public Accountant, Diploma in Public Management and International Certification of IFRS and IPSAS, among other studies.
Currently, work as the General Director of General Direction of Public Accounting in Minister of Finance in Peru; and also, as President of Accounting Standards Council.
And for the period 2022-2023, act as President of FOCAL (Foro de Contadurías Gubernamentales de América Latina).
Vania Borgerth is a Board Member of International Ethics Standards Board for Accounting (IESBA), SHIFT Project and International Foundation for Valuing Impacts (IFVI) and a Commissioner of CBPS (Brazilian Committee for Sustainability Pronouncements).
At ISSB (International Sustainabiltiy Standards Board), she represents the Brazilian Institute for Corporate Governance (IBGC) at the Integrated Reporting and Connectivity Council – IRCC (former IIRC) and CBPS at SSAF (Sustainability Standards Advisory Forum). She is also a Member of the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability – A4S.
Mrs. Borgerth is the Head of CBARI - the Brazilian Network for Integrated Reporting, ) and an Audit Committee Member at Banco Santander Brazil. She is a former executive at BNDES (The Brazilian Development Bank) and an active attendee of UNCTAD’s ISAR since 2007 (Chair of 32nd session).
Executive Director and Legal Representative of the Center for the Action of Corporate Social Responsibility in Guatemala (CENTRARSE), has been appointed as Intergovernmental Expert on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and is the representative in Guatemala of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Academic and Consultant, with more than fifteen years of experience in sustainability strategies development for both national and multinational companies; International speaker with several publications, including "Vision: Current State of CSR in Central America" and "IndicaRSE: CSR Indicators System for the Central American region” Guatemala, Central America.
Bailey Church is the Leader of the Public Sector ESG Centre of Expertise at KPMG Canada, and a member of Canada’s Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s Sustainability Assurance Committee.
Bailey has worked with more than 300 governments on sustainability reporting, including their journey for biodiversity reporting.
Bailey is a board member of the Natural Assets Initiative. Bailey is leading the collaborations between KPMG, the Natural Assets Initiative, and the Intact Centre on Climate Change, and more than 50 industry partners to develop a voluntary disclosure framework designed to align with the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures.
Ms Senne is a Technical Director at the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the Deputy Chairperson of the Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC) of South Africa. In her role at PAFA, Lebogang has been instrumental in developing and supporting the overall organisational strategy and has specifically been responsible for the organisation’s technical excellence strategic pillar.
Ms Senne is the Africa representative on the IFRS Foundation’s Sustainability Standards Advisory Forum (SSAF) and represents PAFA on the International Forum of Accounting Standard Setters (IFASS). Additionally, she is co-secretariat for the Africa Integrated Reporting Council (AIRC), the vehicle through which PAFA and the World Bank, as co-convenors, seek to promote and support the adoption of sustainability reporting, integrated thinking and Integrated reporting in Africa.
Commissioner Fernandez supervises the lead unit of the SEC Philippines on the formulation of corporate governance policies and regulations, and the implementation of sustainability reporting across entities in the Philippine corporate sector. His team is currently revising the domestic sustainability reporting guidelines, taking into consideration recent developments in the standards and upon consultation with stakeholders and ASEAN peers. He chairs the committee handling sustainability-related initiatives within the Commission, and that committee which coordinates with the Houses of Congress on the SEC’s legislative agenda.
He has served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the President, where he crafted issuances and policy directives of the President, evaluated executive agreements and financial instruments, addressed governance concerns of national government agencies and state-owned enterprises, and concurrently sat in interagency bodies related to the national budget, climate change, infrastructure projects, and economic development.
Elsa Beatriz García Bojorges is the President of the Mexican Financial Reporting Standards Board – CINIF (Mexico). She also was Chair of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR Group) 38th Session and Chair of Latin American Regional Partnership for the promotion of sustainability and SDG reporting in 2022. She is a CINIF representative at the Sustainability Standards Advisory Forum (SSAF) of ISSB – IFRS Foundation and at the Emerging Economies Group of IASB – IFRS Foundation, a Board Member of Group of Latin American Standards Setters (GLASS), an Independent Board Member of several public and private companies.
Mr Müller joined the QFC Regulatory Authority in April 2012 as Director, Financial Analysis. He joined from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) where, as Senior Executive: Standards, he influenced developments in international standard-setting and South African legislation and regulation.
In October 2015 he was appointed as Director, Prudential Supervision (Banking and Asset Management) and Financial Analysis. In August 2016, he was appointed Managing Director, Supervision and Authorisation, with responsibility for banking, investment management, insurance, financial intermediaries, and anti-money laundering.
Prior to his position with SAICA, Mr Müller held senior roles in financial management, regulation, financial analysis and investor relations, primarily in financial services. Mr Müller is a member of the Global Forum for Ethics. He serves on the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards on Accounting and Reporting of UNCTAD (which he chaired in 2014), and was previously Chairman of XBRL SA and a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance, the Audit Committee Forum and the Corporate Governance Network of the Institute of Directors SA, and Qatar’s Financial Stability and Risk Control Committee. Mr Müller has presented at various international conferences hosted by organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and IFAC, and was also an anchor on business radio and television.
Iheanyi O. Anyahara became the Technical Advisor for Christopher Nyong, a Board Member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), in January 2022.
Dr. Anyahara has over three decades of industry experience, with more than 20 years focused on financial reporting and management, accounting standard setting, and financial reporting regulation at the Financial Reporting Council (formerly known as the Nigerian Accounting Standards Board). He previously served as the Acting Executive Secretary/CEO of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria from March 1, 2020, to May 18, 2021. Currently, he holds the position of Director/Head of the Directorate of Public Sector Accounting Standards.
Throughout his career, Dr. Anyahara has held various leadership roles, including being a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the National Chart of Accounts for Nigeria and a member of the IPSAS GAP analysis Committee. He also served as the Secretary to the National Stakeholders' Committee on the Roadmap to the Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Nigeria, a committee responsible for preparing the roadmap report that was approved by the Federal Executive Council under President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dr. Anyahara is a member of several professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Association of Forensic Accounting Researchers, the Certified National Accountant, and the Nigerian Institute of Management.
He graduated with first-class honors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and holds an M.Sc. in Accounting from the same university, as well as an MBA in Accounting from the University of Port Harcourt. He obtained his PhD in Accounting from Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State. Additionally, he has attended contemporary continuing education programs at Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, the Booth Business School at the University of Chicago, and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Dr. Anyahara is happily married and has four children.
Dr. Ahmad AlMeghames is the CEO of Saudi Organisation for Chartered and Professional Accountants (SOCPA) since 2006, and serves on its board of directors, in addition to administrative positions he holds and committees in which he participates that include: Member of the Technical Committee at the Ministry of Finance for the project of transforming government agencies to the Accrual basis of accounting, Member of the Real Estate Contributions Committee, Member of ISAR, and Member of the consulting committee for the Gulf Cooperation Council Accounting and Auditing Organization (GCCAAO).
Dr. AlMeghames holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Accounting from Mississippi State University, USA, a Master of Business Administration, Majoring in Accounting, University of Bridgeport, USA, and a bachelor's degree in accounting from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
Veronica Poole is a vice chair of Deloitte UK, Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting leader and NSE Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting. She leads Deloitte’s contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, and has facilitated the work of the leading sustainability standard-setters to develop a prototype climate standard, helped launch the UK Directors’ Climate Forum—Chapter Zero, and spearheaded Deloitte’s partnership with the A4S Finance for the Future Awards.
Diplômé Etudes Supérieures Comptables de l’Institut National Polytechnique de Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire) et d’un Master Of Arts en Management et Organisation des Entreprises, option Stratégies et Organisation du Groupe ESC Pau (Franc), Drissa Koné, est également Expert-Comptable. Il est aussi titulaire d'un Mastère Spécialisé en Gestion Financière de HEC Paris (France).
Il occupe les fonctions suivantes : Directeur associé de SFAI Côte d’Ivoire Abcd Consulting, Président de l'Ordre des Experts-Comptables de Côte d'Ivoire (OEC CI), Président du Conseil Ouest-Africain de la Comptabilité de l'UEMOA. Membre également du Conseil d’Administration de la PAFA (siège en Afrique du Sud, Drissa Koné est depuis le 07 septembre 2022l le Président de l'Association des Experts-Comptables de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ABWA basée au Nigeria) et vice-président du Conseil National de la Comptabilité de Côte d'Ivoire.
Drissa Koné est un Expert des Nations Unies, membre du Groupe de Travail Intergouvernemental, représentant la Côte d'Ivoire. Il participe aux activités ISAR de la CNUCED au Palais des Nations à Genève depuis 2010. Il est Conseiller du Ministre de l’Économie et des Finances de Côte d'Ivoire et aussi Expert technique de la Banque Mondiale auprès du Secrétaire Permanent de l'OHADA pour les questions de normalisation comptable, d’audit et d’assurance qualité.
Dr. Elizabeth Ooi is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Finance at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of expertise are financial literacy and personal finance. Her research has been published in leading academic journals and cited by public inquiries and the financial press.
She previously worked in the financial services industry and has acted as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), authoring several OECD reports on financial education for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia and financial inclusion and consumer empowerment in Southeast Asia.
Monica Foerster is the Chair of IFAC's SMP Advisory Group and a member of IFAC´s PPRAG. She is a partner at Confidor, a member of the Board of Ibracon (previously SMP Director and coordinator of the SMPWG), and a Board Member at the Brazilian Federal Accounting Council (CFC).
She has an MBA in financial management, controllership and audit from FGV, and a degree in accounting from UFRGS, Brazil.
Richard Mubiru works as Lead Officer in charge of Enterprise Growth and development in the Private Sector Development Unit (PSDU) of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda.
Part of his work is coordination of the Informality Management for Compliance and Resilience (IMCORE) program in Uganda. IMCORE is a 5-year study program on the transitioning of 10,000 small informal businesses into medium, compliant and attractive entities capable of participating in national, regional and global opportunities.
Through this program, Richard worked closely with UNCTAD team in developing a localised Accounting Development Tool (ADT) and its training manual for small informal businesses in Uganda. This tool is expected to transform accounting, reporting and filing capacities in SMEs as well as contributing to the development of national reporting infrastructure for SMEs in Uganda.
Mr. Pirnazarov Marat is the Chairman of the Financial Market Regulation and Supervision Service of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Mr Pirnazarov is one of the members of the Advisory Committee on Financial Markets of the Eurasian Economic Commission of the EAEU (2015-2017), a member of the Board of Directors on Securities Market Regulation of the CIS member states (2010-2017).
Mr Pirnazarov has 17 years of experience, including in senior positions, in the State Securities Market Authority. It currently regulates and supervises accounting, financial reporting and auditing.
Mr Pirnazarov is a candidate of economic sciences.
He is a Salvadoran professional with over 10 years of experience advising governments on formalization, administrative modernization, state reforms, and online governance. After completing his studies in law and e-governance, he has dedicated himself to implementing tools in Central America to facilitate business, commerce, and investments.
Currently, he supports the National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises in the operation and evolution of the MYPE Account in El Salvador, an online e-accounting system that allows micro-entrepreneurs to access simplified accounting to fulfill their formalization obligations. He is also responsible for the operation of the Virtual Single Window MiEmpresa.gob.sv, which automates administrative procedures for business formalization.
Tatyana Rybak is the Head of Accounting, Reporting and Audit Regulation Directorate of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus. She graduated with honors from the Faculty of Accounting and Economics of the Belarusian State Economic University. Ms. Rybak was conferred the Ph.D. in Economics in 2001, followed by the Associate Professor scientific title being give in 2005. She became a certified auditor in 2003. From 1995 to 2009, Ms. Rybak pursued her junior professor and associate professor career and had extensive experience in auditing and consulting. Since October 2009, she has been working at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus. Ms. Rybak is the author and co-author of many scientific articles and textbooks on accounting and financial reporting. She is one of the main developers of the Belarusian Law on Accounting and Belarusian Accounting Standards. In 2020, Ms. Rybak will be the Chairman of the Coordinating Council on Accounting of CIS Executive Committee.
Olga Bernatskaia is а Vice-President EICPA, Chairman the International Committee on Sustainable Development of the professional organizations of accountants and auditors of the Eurasian region, UNCTAD Consultant. Olga has extensive experience in corporate governance and corporate reporting.
Mrs. Bernatskaia is the author of the "Eco-Environment ICPA in the Field of Sustainable Development" and "Code of Ethics on Sustainable Development "ECO behavior code (EBC) " initiatives nominated for "ISAR Honours".
Mrs. Bernatskaia has more than 30 research papers, including papers on sustainable development and is a PhD candidate in economics.
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